Lakewood Village President Erin Smith’s Fall Newsletter

This is the letter from Erin Smith that Lakewood Village residents will receive in the near future:

From the President

Dear Neighbors,

I hope you have had a wonderful summer and have had an opportunity to enjoy our community’s many outdoor amenities – walking or biking along our new pathways; attending Celebrate Lakewood; swimming, boating, or fishing on our lakes; or golfing on one of our four courses. As an organization and a community, it has been an eventful summer. Following is a summary of relevant projects or issues:

Turnberry Country Club

I am pleased to report that Turnberry Country Club (TCC) was purchased in July by First Leap Holdings, LLC. The principal of First Leap Holdings, LLC is Mr. Sundeep Oberoi. His associate, Mr. Rahul Singh, will oversee the day to day operations of TCC. Mr. Oberoi and Mr. Singh have developed and operate a software development company. They also have a large real estate portfolio which includes two golf courses and a 36,000 square foot fitness center/recreational facility.

SportsPlex Crow from back 1-20-15

A view from the back of the room of a Lakewood Village Board’s SportsPlex meeting held at Turnberry.

An open house was held at TCC in late July. It was very well attended by members of the community, many of whom shared their ideas for the future of TCC. Mr. Oberoi said the purpose of the open house was to “engage the members, neighbors, and larger community in an open dialogue about how to build on the strengths of the club and craft a vision to shape a strategy and direction for the facility. It is our goal to have Turnberry Country Club serve as the golf and social destination for McHenry County and the greater Northern Illinois area.”

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Oberoi to our community. As with all of our Lakewood businesses, community support is essential to the long-term success of TCC, which is a critical component of reinvestment and growth in our community. I would encourage all residents to explore the variety of membership options that will be available at TCC.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts of Wintrust Bank & Trust as it hired Kemper Sports Management to operate and maintain TCC during this extended period of transition. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

East Sewer Project

After a long summer of dust and inconvenience, the project is nearly completed! In early September, the control panel for the lift station, as well as the electricity and telephone line to support it, will be installed. In mid September, we will start and test the control panel, with project completion including the final coat of asphalt expected by the end of September.

While the restoration efforts specifically tied to this project have been completed, questions have been asked about reforestation efforts along the Broadway median. We would like to develop a long term strategy for this project, and we will be soliciting input from the neighborhood. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Below is a copy of a recent Press Release regarding the departure of Village Manager, Catherine Peterson:

Click here for the press release.

Sincerely,

Erin Smith

Village President


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